Protecting the glass

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by mattyc, 3 Sep 2009.

  1. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    I am building a tank up soon for my cichlids, i want to scape it but with no plants (they will get eaten) but will be using a lot of rock.
    What is the best way t protect the glass of the tank from the rocks i will be using?
     
  2. Superman

    Superman Member

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    I've seen people put polystyrene (spel) underneath rocks to help not damage the lower glass plane.
     
  3. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    i dont know if i will be able to use polystyreen the fish love to dig under the rocks so it would end up on the serface prity quick but, good idea thanks :)
     
  4. vauxhallmark

    vauxhallmark Member

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    A sheet of polystyrene on the bottom, then the rocks, then the gravel.

    Mark
     
  5. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    can anyone recomend rock that will look like the rock of the rift lakes that is not too sharp so my big featherfin doesnt hurt its self on the edges it is a bit clumsey (spelling)?
     
  6. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Unipac sell quality replica rock, AquaEssentials stock it. They do Okiishi, Sutishi and Ocean rock, all of them look like REAL rocks :D
     
  7. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    i will look into it thanks Dan :D
     
  8. samc

    samc Member

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    instead of polystyrene zig mentioned using a acylic or perspecs sheet
     
  9. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    i have seen clear plastic boards in my local timber merchants will have a look what it is they sell thanks for all your replys.
    Dan the unipack rocks look realy good in pictures would be nice to see them in person!!
     
  10. GreenNeedle

    GreenNeedle Member

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    most people use Egg Crate. The 1 - 2cm thick stuff which is like a grid.

    AC
     
  11. mattyc

    mattyc Member

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    I just ordered my tank, it is an opti white bracless and cabinet from aquariuns ltd. i cant wait for it to arrive :p
     

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